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Jamie Bacon pleads guilty for his part in Surrey Six killings

Jamie Bacon pleads guilty

UPDATED: 6:30 p.m.

Chris Mohan was in the wrong place at the wrong time when he was murdered along with five other people in a Surrey high-rise building in 2007. 

Following Jamie Bacon's guilty plea to conspiracy to commit murder in relation to the mass killing, Chris' mother, Eileen Mohan, said she'd like to see Bacon serve at least 12 years for his part in the Surrey Six case.

"It breaks my heart," she said when asked about the possibility Bacon could be free in five or six years.

"This crime came to my doorstep. We didn't go to it, and this crime dictated my son's life that he's buried and dead now, and it's dictating our lives for the last 13 years. That has to be considered."

Four of the victims of the Surrey Six killings were targeted, but Chris Mohan, who lived on the floor where the killings occurred, and Ed Schellenberg, a maintenance worker, were innocent bystanders.

Eileen Mohan said she will deliver a victim impact statement in person at the sentencing hearing.

"I will have my day in court with him," she said.

"Six people's lives meant something to this country and to the laws of Canada."

It's yet to be determined whether Bacon will appear at the sentencing in person or via video link due to restrictions aimed at stopping the spread of COVID-19.

In court documents, the Crown alleges that at the time of the murders Bacon was a leader of the Red Scorpions gang.

The officer in charge of the investigation previously told the court it was one of the largest and most complex investigations that police have undertaken in the province. By November 2016, about 1,300 officers had been involved in the investigation.

In 2014, two men were convicted of six counts of first-degree murder in the Surrey Six case.

Jamie's brother, Jonathan Bacon, was murdered in Kelowna in 2011 in a high-profile midday shooting outside the Delta Grand Hotel. Jason McBride, Michael Jones and Jujhar Khun-Khun struck plea deals with the Crown after their trial dragged through the courts for more than a year.


ORIGINAL: 4:30 p.m.

Reputed gang leader Jamie Bacon pleaded guilty Thursday to a charge stemming from shootings in 2007 that left six people dead at a highrise apartment building in Surrey, British Columbia.

Bacon pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to murder in the so-called Surrey Six case. He also pleaded guilty to one count of counselling to commit murder in a separate case involving the shooting of a man who survived an attack on Dec. 31, 2008.

Sentencing has been tentatively scheduled for July 23 when victim impact statements will be heard by the court.

Court heard a joint sentencing submission that includes 18 years for conspiracy to murder and 10 years for counselling to commit murder to be served concurrently.

Outside court, defence lawyer Kevin Westell said if the sentencing submission is accepted, Bacon is looking at an additional five to six years in prison after time served is taken into account.

Bacon was also charged with one count of first-degree murder in the Surrey Six case, but only pleaded guilty to the conspiracy charge as part of a plea deal. Court heard the murder charge will be stayed at the sentencing hearing.

Police have said four of the victims were targeted but Chris Mohan, who lived on the floor where the killings occurred, and Ed Schellenberg, a maintenance worker, were in the wrong place at the wrong time.

In court documents, the Crown alleges that at the time of the murders Bacon was a leader of the Red Scorpions gang.

The officer in charge of the investigation previously told the court it was one of the largest and most complex investigations that police have undertaken in the province. By November 2016, about 1,300 officers had been involved in the investigation.

In 2014, two men were convicted of six counts of first-degree murder in the Surrey Six case.



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